Morning Sixers – Thursday, May 4th, 2017

Updated: Thursday, May 4, 2017 09:34 AM

 “Do the Sixers have the minutes available next year for two top-7 picks without hindering anyone’s development, assuming the full health of everybody involved?  Is there any valid reason to want the Lakers pick to convey next year?”
— Greg

We are starting to get to the point where roster spots are at a premium.

Let’s take a look at the guys who you really want to make sure have the opportunity to be developed and evaluated next year:

– Joel Embiid
– Ben Simmons
– Dario Saric
– Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot
– Robert Covington
– Richaun Holmes

Throw in, to a lesser extent, T.J. McConnell and Justin Anderson, although obviously if Markelle Fultz or Jonathan Isaac come in and cannibalize some of their minutes, it’s a trade-off you’re more than willing to live with.

So, if you draft two high lottery picks, that’s 8-10 players you really want to make sure you have the minutes for. Throw in a veteran or two to keep things cohesive (we can debate whether or not that’s necessary, but you know it’s a priority) and minutes are scarce.

A lot of it really depends on *who* is selected with the 2 top draft picks. If it’s, say, Fultz and Fox, you have available playing time on the perimeter to accommodate that. It may start cannibalizing guys like Bayless or Stauskas, but that’s not a major consideration. Whereas if it’s, say, Jackson, Tatum, or Isaac, that would be significantly more difficult without balancing out the roster with corresponding moves.

I will say, though, that I think we focus a little bit too much on playing time when we talk about development.

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Derek Bodner

Derek Bodner is a credentialed reporter covering the Philadelphia 76ers independently for He is also a college basketball scout for, and an NBA contributor for The Ringer. Contact Information: / @DerekBodnerNBA

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  • Chris

    Yet would saric have blossomed if illaysova was still starting in front of him and getting more minutes? Would covington be as good now without as much playing time? Would McConnell have gotten to this point with less playing time? How about Luwawu-Cabbarot did playing time matter in his development this year, well if he never got more playing time eventually we’d all be thinking hes a bust and after a draft pick or 2 and getting a few more grizzled vets Luwawu-Cabbarot could easily have never gotten the minutes last year and if that happened we may never have found out if hes worth keeping.